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I'm Jessica, a native French teacher from the Champagne region here to help you learn French and discover the French language. You may know me from the French Voices Podcast (a series of interviews in French for the more advanced learners). If you are curious about the French language, this podcast is for you. Expand your French vocabulary and improve your French grammar in a way that is both easy and memorable. How? By connecting bridges between French and English languages to make learning more efficient! Discover the origins of some French words and French expressions, examples of related words and get a new understanding of common mistakes made by students. It doesn't matter whether you’re at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level in French. I have no doubt that you will learn from these mini French lessons. So, get on board and learn French with me! Join the community at http://frenchyourway.com.au Submit your own questions to podcast@frenchyourway.com.au

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I'm Jessica, a native French teacher from the Champagne region here to help you learn French and discover the French language. You may know me from the French Voices Podcast (a series of interviews in French for the more advanced learners). If you are curious about the French language, this podcast is for you. Expand your French vocabulary and improve your French grammar in a way that is both easy and memorable. How? By connecting bridges between French and English languages to make learning more efficient! Discover the origins of some French words and French expressions, examples of related words and get a new understanding of common mistakes made by students. It doesn't matter whether you’re at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level in French. I have no doubt that you will learn from these mini French lessons. So, get on board and learn French with me! Join the community at http://frenchyourway.com.au Submit your own questions to podcast@frenchyourway.com.au

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    • 5 min
    [Replay] FYW 073 : France Travel Tips (PART 1): General Tips

    [Replay] FYW 073 : France Travel Tips (PART 1): General Tips

    To celebrate summer I’ve prepared for you a series of 3 episodes with my best travel tips for your stay in France! In this episode I’ll cover: how to plan your itinerary and avoid being stuck in traffic, how many "bises" (kisses) you should smack on French people’s cheeks, and much more. Learn false friend words that may cause confusion to English speakers visiting France. Also, are you aware of the most popular scams where people may try to fool you and get a hand on your money? Do you know which types of flowers you should NOT bring to your French host? It’s all in this episode!



    Stay tuned: Episode 74 will give you precious advice on how to take the train in France and episode 75 will run you through major road rules to drive safely throughout the Hexagon (the nickname for France).

    Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode

    La monnaie = the spare change

    L’argent = money

    Accueil = reception desk/office

    La location = rental

    Je voudrais du pain, s’il vous plait. = I’d like some bread please.

    Je voudrais une carafe d’eau, s’il vous plait. = I’d like a jug of water please

    B&Bs / chambres d’hôtes

    Un office de tourisme = a tourist office

    Où sont les toilettes ? = Where are the toilets

    La salle de bains = the bathroom

    LINKS and RESOURCES



    Info Trafic (Information motorway France) : 107.7 FM

    Bison Futé: http://www.bison-fute.gouv.fr/

    Prepaid SIM card: http://www.simcorner.com/

    Combien de bises: http://combiendebises.free.fr

    Emergencies : 112

    Article "Tips for driving in France": http://frenchyourway.com.au/tips-for-driving-in-france

    French Your Way Podcast, Episode 75 – Driving in France: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast75



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    • 24 min
    [Replay] FYW 007 : Date, Month, Year, Seasons…and French Poetry

    [Replay] FYW 007 : Date, Month, Year, Seasons…and French Poetry

    How to tell the date in French: a bit of French grammar and a poetic bonus as I’ll be reading a famous poem by Verlaine for you: "Chanson d’Automne"...

    Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode

    Le 30 mars, le 4 avril, le 7 mai, le 1er (premier) septembre

    le (+ date) = le 1er janvier, le 2 avril, le 9 septembre

    le 1er janvier, le 2 janvier, le 3 janvier, etc



    en (+ month) = en mars, en novembre

    SEPTembre, OCTobre, NOVembre, DECembre = sept (7), huit (8), neuf (9), dix (10)

    en (+ year) = en 1920, en 2015

    une saison = a season

    le printemps, l’été (nm), l’automne (nm), l’hiver (nm)

    en été, en automne, en hiver (= in summer, in fall, in winter)

    au printemps (= in spring)

    LINKS and RESOURCES

    “Chanson d’Automne” (Paul Verlaine, Poèmes saturniens)

    Les sanglots longs - The long sobs

    Des violons - Of the violins

    De l’automne - Of Autumn

    Blessent mon cœur - Wound my heart

    D’une langueur - With a monotonous

    Monotone. - Languor.



    Tout suffocant - All choked

    Et blême, quand - And pale, when

    Sonne l'heure, - The hour chimes,

    Je me souviens - I remember

    Des jours anciens - Days of old

    Et je pleure - And I cry



    Et je m'en vais - And I'm going

    Au vent mauvais - On an ill wind

    Qui m'emporte - That carries me

    Deçà, delà, - Here and there,

    Pareil à la - As if a

    Feuille morte. - Dead leaf.



    Read more French poems about the seasons:

    http://www.poesie-francaise.fr/poemes-saisons/

    http://www.historel.net/poesies/poesie10.htm



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    French Voices Podcast (my other podcast) : www.frenchvoicespodcast.com

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    • 11 min
    [Replay] FYW 001 : Accent circonflexe -That Little Hat on some Letters!

    [Replay] FYW 001 : Accent circonflexe -That Little Hat on some Letters!

    Learn about the different names given to the French accent circonflexe. I will run you through its different uses and functions. Listen to see if you knew them all…you may well also learn a heap of French vocabulary on the way!

    Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode

    accent circonflexe / “petit chapeau” / “chapeau chinois »

    être

    une forêt -un chemin/sentier forestier, un garde forestier

    une fête - un festin, un festival

    un hôpital - hospitalier, l’hospitalité

    une île - l’Islande

    un maître - un Master, une maîtrise

    une bête - un bestiaire

    une pâte, une pâtisserie

    arrêter - une arrestation

    une conquête - un conquistador

    la croûte – croustiller, croustillant

    une crêpe (listen to French Voices podcast, episode 10 !)



    un intérêt - intéresser, intéressant

    un vêtement - une veste (= a jacket !!)

    une guêpe

    le goût – gustative, les papilles gustatives

    honnête

    un rôti

    connaître - la connaissance

    croître - la croissance



    du (= de + le)

    dû (= past participle of “devoir”)

    une tache (= a stain)

    une tâche (= a task)

    sur (on)

    sûr (sure, certain)



    Can you think of other words you know in French that have an accent circonflexe? And can you think of derivated words that show the existence of a former “S” letter? Share in the comment section!

    LINKS and RESOURCES

    French Voices 010 : Pop-Up Crepes : www.frenchvoicespodcast.com/episode10



    French Your Way website - www.frenchyourway.com.au - Sign up to receive my monthly updates with an audio version in French, recorded by me!

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    If you like French Your Way Podcast, you can show your support by leaving a review on iTunes and telling your friends about the podcast!



    French Voices Podcast (my other podcast) : www.frenchvoicespodcast.com

    French Voices Podcast on iTunes

    • 21 min
    [Replay] FYW 024 : How to stay motivated learning French?

    [Replay] FYW 024 : How to stay motivated learning French?

    This is a totally different episode where I reply to John, a student and listener who struggles to keep up the motivation to keep learning. John asks for my input and raises many interesting questions which I’m sure many of you have been experiencing too, so I thought this could help you! The two keywords to remember from this episode are: patience and confidence!



    Use the comment section of this page to say whether you agree or disagree with me, share your language learning experience or give your tips to John!

    LINKS and RESOURCES

    Read my article: “How long does it take to learn French?”



    Read my article: “How to add French to your daily life”

    • 21 min
    [Replay] FYW 067 : Why you shouldn’t say “very delicious” in French

    [Replay] FYW 067 : Why you shouldn’t say “very delicious” in French

    What’s wrong with saying "Yum, this is very delicious!" or "Wow, this is very beautiful!" Nothing...in English. However, a literal translation of these expressions -along with a few others- doesn't work in French. Here’s why.

    Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode

    Délicieux

    Super / génial / formidable / merveilleux / grandiose / fabuleux

    Magnifique / superbe

    Meilleur / mieux

    Pire

    Essentiel, indispensable

    vraiment= really

    absolument = absolutely

    "Miam! C'est très délicieux!" ? "Miam ! C'est vraiment / absolument délicieux !"

    (= Yum ! It’s really / absolutely delicious !)

    " Wahou ! C’est très magnifique ! "? " Wahou ! C'est vraiment / absolument magnifique ! "

    (= Wow ! That’s really / absolutely beautiful!)

    LINKS and RESOURCES



    My article (+ free worksheet) "Meilleur and Mieux in French": http://frenchyourway.com.au/meilleur-and-mieux-in-french



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    • 7 min

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